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ERIC Number: ED472661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 9
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Climbing Out of the Well.
Campbell, Liz; Collins, Minnie A.; Hinckley, Greg
This paper reports on the Coordinated Studies program developed by Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), Washington, in cooperation with the University of Washington (UW). Coordinated Studies was developed in response to SCCC transfer students who reported feeling anxiety about transferring to four-year universities. Coordinated Studies are theme-oriented interdisciplinary programs or learning communities with two faculty for 13-credit programs, and three to four faculty from different disciplines for 18-credit programs. The curriculum is organized around themes that involve inquiry, identifying issues, solving problems, and proposing solutions. The SCCC team that developed the program decided that the site of the first one-quarter community college class would be the UW campus. Linking courses in the math/science division with humanities and social sciences has always been a challenge in learning communities. The authors identify two major challenges: (1) recruiting an instructor with a teaching style and willingness that allow possible major changes in curriculum; and (2) developing a learning community that does not compromise the goals of the math/science course. According to a survey, 94.4% of students in the class found it to be stimulating, and 70.4% reported they were either excited or were more confident about transferring. After the 11-week quarter, a majority of students felt a stronger connection to the university. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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